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May 21, 2021 10:00 AMCalender

Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) Study for Cellist and Little Girl Dancing

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3655B Location: Marlborough Date / Time: May 21, 2021 10:00AM


Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978)

Study for Cellist and Little Girl Dancing
Initialed "N/R" l.r., dedicated "My best wishes to/Mrs. Alden Barber/cordially/Norman Rockwell" l.c., identified on two labels affixed to the frame backing.
Pencil on paper, sight size 6 x 4 3/16 in. (15.0 x 10.5 cm), framed.
Condition: Creasing, scattered small stains, probable toning, not examined out of frame.

Provenance: Collection of Mrs. Alden Barber; through to Heritage Auctions, American Art Including Western, California, & Golden Age, May 10, 2014, Lot 70294; to the current private collection.

Literature: Norman Rockwell, The Norman Rockwell Album (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1961), p. 33 (ill.).

N.B. The completed illustration, Cellist and Little Girl Dancing, was featured on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post, February 3, 1923. A color photograph of the magazine cover is encapsulated on the frame backing.

The drawing at hand is listed as number C243a in the Normal Rockwell Museum - Digital Collection. https://collection.nrm.org/#details=ecatalogue.6075
Estimate $5,500-7,500

Framed dimensions are 19 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.

One of the labels affixed to the backing gives the dimensions as 8 x 5 inches. The other label provides 6.6 x 4.6 inches (17 x 12 cm) as the size.

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